Makers Empire helps primary and elementary school educators cover Design & Technology curriculum and teach Design Thinking and STEM via 3D design tools, programs and professional development courses.
Founded in 2013 in Adelaide, South Australia, Makers Empire creates market-leading solutions for schools, teachers, students and families. Makers Empire’s products are backed by Macquarie University research, certified by Education Alliance Finland for pedagogical quality and recommended by Common Sense Education in the USA.
Many primary and elementary school teachers find it difficult to effectively implement Design & Technology (D&T) curriculum:
To effectively address D&T curriculum teachers need to have a strong understanding of design thinking, and to be able to integrate contemporary technology. For many teachers, this approach is new, and just plain challenging.
Many teachers don’t have the time to become proficient with new technology let alone use it to teach and assess student work.
No single solution exists for teachers which is age-appropriate for all primary and elementary school students.
Built specifically for 5-12 YO children for an immersive, fun and safe learning environment. Children of all skill levels are motivated to create, learn, collaborate and share. Progress and rewards are linked to effort, mastery of new skills and participation in positive interactions.
We make it easy for primary and elementary school teachers with planning, class management and assessment tools. We support teachers with curriculum-aligned challenge paths and teaching resources. We empower teachers with accredited online professional development.
We provide custom professional development for school districts and education departments. We build teacher capacity to teach Design & Technology using evidence-based maker pedagogies. We support teacher understanding of design thinking in addressing curriculum outcomes.
A number of research studies in Australia and America have demonstrated the impact that Makers Empire’s approach to learning is having on learning outcomes for students. Makers Empire was also the subject of a 12-month Macquarie University research study into the use of 3D technologies in primary school makerspaces. The study showed compelling learning benefits for both students and teachers.
Develop children’s creative confidence and design thinking skills with our fun and easy to use 3D design software.
Makers Empire began with an idea and two friends. Over the years, that simple idea has turned into something bigger than any of us could have imagined. But how did it all begin? Learn how it all started.
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We are a mix of dedicated and experienced educators, developers and business managers. Most of us are parents of school age or pre-school age children. We all believe in the power of education to transform lives. We are all passionate about making a difference.